Can any student vs students

subhajit123

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Hi there, suppose, I am among a group of students in the class. I ask a question to them and want to if they can answer the question. So I ask "can any student(s) answer the question?"

My question is: Are both the following senstences correct? And what's the difference between the two sentences? I know people will generally ask "Can anyone answer my question?" But I want to know the difference that's why I have asked this. I am sorry if the given context is not proper.

1- Can any students answer my question?

2- Can any student answer my question?


And one more question,suppose, I am entering my office and see my friends are laughing. So I ask them "have any funny things happened? Why are you all laughing?"

Can I use "any" with a plural noun in the above context?


As usual If there is anything ungrammatical, please correct it.:)
 

subhajit123

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I think when I say "Can any students answer my question?" I am asking in general. But when I say "Can any student answer my question?"I want only one student to answer and I express doubt that there is more than one student in the class who can answer the question. Am I right?
 
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emsr2d2

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The most natural question to a group of students is simply "Can anyone answer my question?"
 

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If somebody is laughing and I don't know why I might say:

"What's funny?"
 
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